UDECU is based on a hierarchical system that encourages education and hard work at the keys to promotion. There are five ranks (and one additional intermediate rank) based upon a person’s accomplishments in the organization. Your rank number proceeds your personal two digit membership number.
Level 1 – Attendant: A New member in the organization with little or no formal training in EMS
Level 2 – Attendant: A member with either a out of state EMT certification; or a member with 7 runs, American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Provider, and AED certification.
Level 3 – Assistant Technician: A member who is A NREMT-B and a Delaware EMT-B. A Level 3 is expected to take a leading roll in the delivery of Patient Care, under the supervision of a Level 4. Level 3’s will be given evaluations based on their performance on each ambulance call they “tech.”
Level 3fp – Field Promotable Assistant Technician: Once a Level 3 has gained experience and demonstrated general proficiency as an EMT, they can be made a Field Promotable by a majority vote of all active Technicians and Drivers (Level 4’s and Level 5’s.) As an FP, the member can be temporarily promoted to act as a technician for an individual call, under special conditions. For a Field Promotable to be promoted for a particular call, the following circumstances must be present:
- There must be no other Technicians (4’s) or Driver’s (5’s) available to act as Technician for the call, within 3 minutes dispatch of the alpha pager.
- The UDECU driver (5) must give their approval for the FP to “tech” the call.
- The Driver must be a UDECU driver, UDPD officers may not promote an FP. If no UDECU driver is available a Field Promotable may NOT go on a call and act as a Technician.
- A Driver’s Permission must be given for each individual call.
- The FP must also agree to act as Technician on the call, FP status does not obligate them to do so.
On all other occasions, the FP will operate as a normal Level 3 and is expected to come ride often and receive evaluations.
Level 4 – Technician: A member who has completed all the previous requirements and has passed a Technician test administered by the current Technicians and Drivers. In order to pass the Technician test, a member must have 10 written evaluations from current Technicians and at least 7 of these evaluations must have an overall rating of 7 or higher. These are the minimums and almost all candidates will far exceed these requirements.
The Technician’s Test examines a candidate’s:
- Knowledge of 10-Codes
- Ability to proficiently operate the UD and county EMS radios
- Proficiency using map books
- Knowledge of the location and proper use of equipment on UD-1
- Previous evaluations
- EMS skill’s through practical scenarios.
Once the Technician Test has been administered, the member is made a Technician with the approval of a majority of the current Technicians and Drivers.
Level 5 – Driver/Technician: A Level 5 is a member that has passed all previous levels and also operates as a Driver. A UDECU Driver is the senior member of all UDECU ambulance crews and recognized as the Officer in Charge (OIC)
To become a driver, a member that has reached Level 4 must:
- Pass the Delaware Emergency Operator’s class
- Pass a Defensive Driving Class
- Log a minimum of at least 24 hours of driver-training in UD-1
- Demonstrate extensive knowledge of locations and staging areas of all University buildings
- Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate routes to all area hospitals
- Receive the approval of a majority of all active UDECU Driver’s (5’s)
- Pass a driving test with the advisor